Newcastle Ocean Baths

Newcastle featuring general coastal views

Newcastle Ocean Baths

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Snap photos of the art deco pavilion and two large pools that make up one of the city’s most iconic structures.

Newcastle Ocean Baths comprises three pools of ocean water along the Pacific Coast. The narrow stretch is for laps, while sun seekers can relax in the large rectangular swimming pool and youngsters can wade in the Canoe Pool. Enjoy the spectacular views of the coast and the impressive ocean baths pavilion.

Walk and exercise in these calm pools of saltwater. Relax by the side of the water to work on your tan. Take a dip to cool down on hot, sunny days. Notice how the waves break into the pool at high tide. The site includes changing rooms and other facilities.

Lay down a blanket on the grassy rise of the Ocean Baths Lookout Point, across the road from the pools. Wander along Shortland Esplanade and notice the excellent views of the ocean.

Admire the art deco pavilion building of the ocean baths, which is cream with touches of turquoise. It lights up at night, generating an electrifying ambiance against the dark ocean. It is often used as an open-air studio for amateur photographers.

Bring your toddlers to the large, circular Canoe Pool beside the main structure. It is usually unsupervised, but very shallow. Clamber over the rocks to the adjacent Newcastle Beach and relax on the sandy shore.

Note that the site is free to use and remains open at all times aside from a weekly clean at low tide. Lifeguards watch over the pools year-round from morning until late afternoon. They stay a little later in the day in summer, which is from the end of September to the end of April.

Newcastle Ocean Baths is on the southern part of the peninsula of Newcastle East on the city’s eastern flank. Take a bus to one of the stops approaching the coast. You can also drive and leave your car in a designated space in front of the pavilion. Visit nearby attractions, such as Fort Scratchley, Nobbys Beach and Foreshore Park.

Top Hotels Close to Newcastle Ocean Baths

NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW, 2300
The price is $139 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Love it because it’s just right across the beach. Staff is nice and friendly."

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

NOAH'S On The Beach
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is $148 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Great location perfect for access to wharf side dining and bars. Renovations at the property made it difficult to enjoy the pool"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

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Novotel Newcastle Beach
Novotel Newcastle Beach
4.5 out of 5
5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is $150 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"When you stay in a Novotel you know what you are getting- bland modernish decor that has all the basics you want. Good check in staff. Good location. Bad was the annoying high credit card surcharge that I wasn't told about at the time and having to pay for parking"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Novotel Newcastle Beach
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Alloggio Newcastle Beach
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
3 out of 5
21 Parnell Place, Newcastle East, NSW, 2300
The price is $58 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
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Rydges Newcastle
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is $148 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
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Novotel Newcastle Beach
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4.5 out of 5
5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is $150 per night from May 29 to May 30
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NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW, 2300
The price is $139 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Crystalbrook Kingsley
Crystalbrook Kingsley
4.5 out of 5
282 King St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is $155 per night from May 23 to May 24
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The Lucky Hotel
The Lucky Hotel
4 out of 5
237 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is $92 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Travelodge Hotel Newcastle
Travelodge Hotel Newcastle
4 out of 5
Corner Of King And Steel Streets, Newcastle West, NSW, 2302
The price is $86 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
514 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW, 2302
The price is $116 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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Crown on Darby
Crown on Darby
4 out of 5
101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300
The price is $111 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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